Many people visit Las Vegas, Nevada every year from all around the world. After a few days of casinos and shows, however, tourists typically are ready to experience something different. There are some awe-inspiring sights within a short drive of the metropolis that should make it onto your “must-see” list for your next visit.
Red Rock Canyon - About 20 miles west of the Las Vegas strip is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This is a great place for the whole family to explore the Mojave Desert. You can learn more about the history, wildlife, and vegetation of this wilderness at the visitor center.
Lake Mead - If you’re looking for some water fun, you can head 24 miles southeast of the Strip to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is the largest reservoir in the United States and sits along the Colorado River. Lake Mead is open year round 24/7, though some areas within the recreation area are open for day use only. This is a great vacation spot for the whole family to enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating.
Hoover Dam - Located just 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas is Hoover Dam, the tallest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere. Named after U.S. President Herbert Hoover, this National Historic Landmark straddles the Colorado River on the Nevada/Arizona state boundary line. Join millions of other annual visitors and marvel at this amazing architectural feat.
Zion National Park - Take a two and a half hour drive to the northeast of Las Vegas into Utah to this picturesque national park. Visitors can take unforgettable scenic walks among the sandstone cliffs and get to know more about the desert wildlife of the American Southwest.
Grand Canyon National Park - Many people who visit Las Vegas make time to add a road trip to the Grand Canyon located mostly in Northern Arizona. This world wonder is about a 4-5 hour drive from the Strip. There are different ways to experience this amazing sight. You can drive around part or all of the canyon stopping at different viewpoints to appreciate the beautiful vistas. There are helicopter tours of the canyon. Tourists can also make the nine mile hike down to the bottom of the canyon (by foot or by mule) where you’ll get an up-close look at the Colorado River.
I myself have visited these places both as a kid and as an adult. I was in awe each time, and I don’t think I could ever forget any of the majestic images. I hope you’re ready to book a day trip adventure from Las Vegas, Nevada. No matter which destination you choose, I don’t think you or your family could be disappointed.